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How To Make Your Own Newspaper Seed Pots


Newspaper Seed Pots

Newspaper Seed Pots

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Here is a quick and easy way to make all the seed pots you will ever need. Recycle your newspapers!

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 10 minutes to make a dozen

Here's How:

  1. Tear a sheet of newspaper in half if you are using a full spread piece. Skip this step if you are using a single sheet of paper, with only a front/back.
  2. Tear the sheet of newspaper into 6 inch strips, going left to right, in the direction of the newsprint.
  3. Lay your strip of paper flat on a hard surface. Place a cylinder shaped object onto the strip, so that the bottom of the cylinder is on the strip about 4 inches, with two inches of the strip below the bottom of the cylinder.
  4. Roll the strip of paper around the cylinder, until the entire piece of newspaper it wound around it.
  5. Hold the end of the newspaper with your fingers to keep it from unrolling.
  6. Turn the cylinder upright, and fold the part of the newspaper that hangs over, towards the center of the cylinder. Press and crease all the way around.
  7. Place the now flat newspaper onto the hard surface and press with a heavy hand. This flattens the newspaper tightly, so it won't unroll.
  8. Your newspaper seed pot is ready to fill.


  1. Be sure to fill pots, leaving about 1/4 empty, to allow for water expansion.
  2. Place pots tightly together, to keep them upright.
  3. Be sure to use newspaper, not shiny ad pages.
  4. Make a set to give to an elderly gardening neighbor.

What You Need:

  • 1 cylinder shaped object, in your desired dimension of finished seed pot.
  • Newspaper
  • Seed starting mix
  • Tray with edges to hold all the seed pots together
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